News Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill recreated wakeboarding, similar to that pictured, in a carpark in Guildford

Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

The inspections came after local Labour MP and city headteachers had met Education Secretary Michael Gove to discuss ways of improving performance in the city

Six Nottingham schools put into special measures after Ofsted inspections

Concerns were raised over their performance by a local MP

Glasgow helicopter crash: Experts to examine police helicopter

Wreckage of the three-tonne Eurocopter has reportedly arrived at the AAIB base in Farnborough, Hampshire

Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham Central, claims that Ofsted has amounted a 'blitzkrieg' on the schools, leaving dedicated teachers demoralised

Nottingham: City where six schools are classed as failing by Ofsted

Nottingham schools have received one of the worst Ofsted reports, leaving teachers and schools demoralised says Nottingham MP 

A general view of the BAE systems yard at Govan on the Clyde

End of the line: Defence giant BAE cuts 1,775 jobs as it halts shipbuilding at historic Portsmouth yard

1,775 jobs axed across country in its naval ships business after 'significant' reduction in workload

Fly swatting: A beginner's guide

Experts - and Independent readers - give their tips

A diver works on the wreckage of the Super Puma L2 helicopter which went down in the North Sea with the loss of four lives at 6.20pm on Friday, around two miles west of Sumburgh

Shetland helicopter crash: Investigators search seas for black box recorder from aircraft that ditched killing four oil workers, as operators ground Super Puma helicopters

Helicopter Safety Steering Group urged precautionary flight ban until there is 'sufficient factual information' to resume

Norman Routledge: Inspirational teacher and mathematician

In recent times, academics tend to be valued, judged and honoured by their research achievements and the number and quality of papers they have had published in learned journals. Great teachers have not been appreciated, as they once were.

Nick Clegg due to boost aerospace

The£24bn UK aerospace industry will receive a welcome boost tomorrow when a government-led investment plan worth hundreds of millions of pounds is due to be announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The BBC’s closeness to the Home Office has come under fire after the corporation’s security correspondent Gordon Corera accepted a formal role at a behind-closed-doors counter-terrorism event

BBC impartiality under fire for correspondent's role in security summit

The BBC’s closeness to the Home Office has come under fire after the corporation’s security correspondent Gordon Corera accepted a formal role at a behind-closed-doors counter-terrorism event.

In-debt South London Healthcare NHS Trust 'should be broken up'

A debt-ridden NHS trust which was on the brink of bankruptcy should be dissolved, an official consultation has concluded.

Politicians claim to back UK jobs in aerospace but cut key spending

Farnborough's famous airshow relied mostly on civilian orders as reduced defence spending bites, writes Mark Leftly

Branson confirms he'll be aboard first Virgin space flight

With typical flair, Sir Richard Branson today announced that he and his children will be the first passengers when the Virgin Galactic space tourism programme begins.

Rolls-Royce wins £118m US Army deal

Rolls-Royce has announced a £118 million order from the US Army.

Boeing 'is set to overtake Airbus sales'

UK jobs threatened as US aircraft builder's boss vows to be on top for 'a number of years'

BAE systems to axe 600 jobs

Defence giant BAE Systems is planning to axe more than 600 jobs and close a historic factory which made tanks for the First World War.

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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